'''Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud''' (
[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rimbaud "Rimbaud"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''.]
or ; ; 20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet born in Charleville-Mézières
. He influenced modern literature and arts, and prefigured surrealism
. He started writing poems at a very young age, while still in primary school, and stopped completely before he turned 21. He was mostly creative in his teens (17–20). The critic Cecil Arthur Hackett wrote that his "genius, its flowering, explosion and sudden extinction, still astonishes".
Rimbaud was known to have been a libertine
and for being a restless soul. He traveled extensively on three continents before his death from cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday.